Cycling holidays in France

The joys of exploring the country on two wheels

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Summer activities in the French Alps

There’s so much to do that there really is something for everyone. You can choose to mountain bike, road cycle, hike, climb, play golf or tennis, swim, watch the Tour de France, indulge at the local wine fairs, or simply relax and soak up the sun. There is an extensive activities programme for all the family at Sainte Foy throughout the summer.

Cycling holidays in the Tarn

With vineyards and sunflower fields as far as the eye can see, the Tarn is an ideal destination for a cycling holiday in harmony with nature. What better way to see both landscapes and heritage of the department than while doing a bit of exercise?

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How to watch the Tour de France

Some 3.5 billion people will watch 18 teams of nine riders race 3,500km over three weeks during Le Tour de France, the world’s largest sporting event. Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh, the authors of France en Vélo, share their experiences. The Tour de France

Cycling holidays in La Rochelle

If you’ve ever wondered why the French love cycling so much, hop on the saddle. Justin Postlethwaite visits the tranquil islands off La Rochelle and falls in love with life in the slow lane.

Musée du Vélo Moret-sur-Loing

Moret-sur-Loing’s bicycle museum

In the year that the world’s most famous gathering of cyclists, Le Tour de France, kicks off in Utrecht, Holland before snaking an arduous path around l’Hexagone, what better time to point you to a place that fondly remembers when pootling

City cycling in Mulhouse, Alsace

Tucked in the top right hand corner of l’Hexagone, bordering Germany and Switzerland, Alsace may be the smallest region in France, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in personality…

Another side to Champagne

It’s not just the chance to drink this world famous wine on location that makes Champagne worth a visit. For those who want to get back to nature, the region’s forests, meadows and lakes provide endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Here’s our pick from the Marne and Aube departments… Make

Phil Cree, cycling topic host

A ‘topic host’ is a concept worthy of some explanation! I have set up many cycling holidays in France, as head of Freewheel Holidays, so I’m able to pass on the things I look for when deciding whether a region or a set of cycle rides will appeal to our customers.

Cycling Holidays in Meuse, Lorraine

This part of France lies in the Lorraine countryside between the vineyards of Champagne and the Vosges Mountains. Here, you will find centuries of history, constantly changing scenery and a way of life closely linked to the land.

Cycling in Champagne-Ardenne

From Charleville-Mézières you can take a boat, walk or cycle to Givet on the Belgian border. The new purpose built cycle path, La Voie Verte, takes a fabulous flat route by the Meuse through forests and riverside villages, in parts cutting through a steep sided valley.

Why use a Cycle Tour Operator?

The best way to approach whether or not to use a cycling tour operator when going on a cycling holiday in France is to ask what would be the tasks you would need to undertake yourself, if you were going to cycle tour through France completely self-supporting…

Why go on a Cycling Holiday in France?

With its varied terrain and spectacular scenery France is even more beautiful when seen on bike. Graham Davidson shares his cycling knowledge to tell us why France is in a league of its own as a cyclists’ playground…

Surfing the Dreamtime

Producer/Director/Author Christopher Strong shares the human, scenic, cultural, culinary, and historic “Treasures”, discovered during the filming of his TV series – Bicycle Gourmet’s Treasures Of France.

We cycled from John O’Groats, Scotland, to the Dordogne.

Jane Barnes of French Oasis Holidays, tells of how cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats with her husband, inspired them to finally make their dream a reality and move to the Dordogne. Once in the Dordogne, they established French Oasis Holidays where their guests can enjoy cycling, classic car driving or wine tasting holidays…

Cycling safely on holiday

To help you have fun on your cycling holiday and avoid any mishaps on your bike, here are a few guidelines to cycling safely from the experts at Brittany Borders Bicycling…

Taking bikes on French trains

Not all trains in France allow bikes on board. So how do you tell the difference between those that do and those that don’t? Read on to find out.

New to Cycling Holidays?

Mike Blakeney, from www.frenchcyclingholidays.com imparts valuable advice to first-timers; how to avoid a sore behind…

Raid Pyrénéen

If you’re planning a mega cycling route in the breathtaking Pyrenees, you need look no further than this essential list of the 28 cols (sumits) on the ‘Raid Pyrénéen’, made famous by the Tour de France…

French cycling holiday vocab

Print off our list of useful words, and take it with you to France! If you’re French goes little farther than ‘bonjour’, this guide will be invaluable for your cycling holiday…

Channel to the Med

Follow Paul Smith on his 850 mile journey through French countryside, which he completed in just two weeks!

Tour de Lorraine

Forget about bacon and egg quiche, Lorraine has more to offer: gems of Art Nouveau excellence, medieval villages set in poignant, poppy-covered countryside, winding climbs up through the forested Ballons des Vosges and enough rural back lanes to keep you pedaling for over a month. The region is…

Nouveau Nancy

“Graham Finch” We cruised into the center of Nancy: the Unesco World Heritage Site of Place Stanislas. Stan was the man who became the Duke of Lorraine after being booted out of his job as King of Poland – around 250 years ago. He soon…

The Western Front

Heading west out of Nancy, we soon found a cycle path running next to a canal that led to the fortified town of Toul. Its one hotel was full, but the owner called around and found us a delighful gîte in…